Formal Essay #1
October 12 2013
Debates involving gun control began in the early 1960s, since then many laws and regulations have been created (“Gun Control Time Line”). However, while crimes involving the use of guns start increasing, is changing the laws going to end the violence and make people feel safer? There have been many different media sources and political debates throughout our country questioning if increasing the laws will stop the crime or not. A problem in our society that we may all suffer from is in our amendment system. Our second amendment, established in 1791, states that “everyone is entitled to the right to bear arms.” (“Gun Control Time Line”) Recently, ...view middle of the document...
Debates currently going on today suggest that requiring health evaluations on the person wanting a gun and those in the household could be effective in reducing crime. Another way to reduce the crime would be to stop people who have any criminal history from obtaining a gun. Debaters suggest that regardless of the offense, offering someone with a background should be illegal. Society made more awareness about gun control after the alarming Newtown Connecticut shooting, supporting this, a survey showing more than fifty percent of American’s strongly agree on changing laws (“What the Public Really Thinks about Guns”). Handguns cause most gun related offenses today, starting in the early 2000’s there was an attempt to ban handguns (“What the Public Really Thinks about Guns”). “Statistics show that the supportive rate dropped from 38% to 24%, mainly due the Second Amendment” (“What the Public Really Thinks about Guns”). Supporters for stricter gun laws argue most that guns are being put in the wrong hands while many innocent people are facing the consequences, and as of today, nothing has improved regarding the issue.
Those who support not changing gun laws say it will not make society any better. They believe it will bring more crimes to our cities and schools (“Does there need to be stricter laws for gun control?”). Some even believe that our country does not need gun control. They feel as if it will raise murder rates with these criminals using other types of weapons. Banning guns to reduce gun violence is just like banning alcohol to reduce drunk driving, it will not work. (“Does there need to be stricter laws for gun control?”). Guns are not the problem in our nation, the people who are using them are. People who go out and purchase a handgun are sometimes mentally unstable and yet, they still are able to buy one.
Some have even talked about crimes involving assault rifles, and how they especially should be banned. A ban on assault rifles should be in place to restrict the use of these semi-automatic weapons to the public. This would have reduced the chance of the having the rifle used in the Colorado movie theater shooting (Pearson). These weapons should only be used by law enforcement agencies that have the proper training and knowledge of these deadly weapons. “A ban on these weapons was in effect several years ago, that limited its accessibility, other than military and law enforcement use but expired on September 13, 1994.“ (“Stopping the spread of deadly assault weapons”) The bill was a ten-year ban and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. However, the ban applied to these weapons manufactured after the ban was imposed. Therefore, owned assault rifles before this were legal for use. The ban was recently reinstated on January 24 of 2013 (“Stopping the spread of deadly assault weapons”).
Supporters also say that not only will banning guns make crime rates worse, but also it is unconstitutional to eliminate the ability...